§ Mr. Battle
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the total spending on housing benefit to the private sector in(a) 1993–94 and (b) to date in the current year; and what was the average amount per week of housing benefit paid in (i) the private sector, (ii) the council sector and (iii) the housing association sector.
§ Mr. Roger Evans
The provisional total for housing benefit paid to private tenants in 1993–94 is £3,817 million; the forecast for 1994–95 is £4,320 million.
The average weekly housing benefit at the end of May 1993 was £ council tenants 28.94 housing association tenants 35.75 other private tenants 46.80
Housing Benefit Management Information System. DSS Departmental Report 1994.
The May 1994 figures are not yet available.